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Conversatioris Cronkite WALTS1t r110141F.M. AMP DON C;11111..00 Conversations with Cronkite /It! “A landmark oral history of Walter Cronkite. Here, for the first time, is the beloved CBS News anchorman unplugged, commenting on everything from D-Day to the Vietnam War to the moon landing. A riveting and revelatory book filled with invaluable insights on American journalism.” -DOUGLAS BRINKLEY Professor of History, Rice University, and author ofThe Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America DISTRIBUTED FOR THE DOLPH BRISCOE CENTER FOR AMERICAN HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN 30 B&W photos $29.95 hardcover THE Charles Boteden in, apparently in response to the attendant’s call. I expected the worst for the batos, but he merely separated the groups and let them go their ways. As the cowboys pulled out, one halfway leaned out a window and shouted, “Remember the Alamo!” The batos responded with a volley of insults. The commotion died down, and the batos walked into the darkness. The drama was surreal. It was one of those moments that reinforced my curiosity about racial and ethnic relations. The resistance shown by the pachuco youth made me realize my adolescent image of pachucos as delinquents was naive. This awareness informs and guides much of my analysis in Quixote’s Soldiers. I associate that summer in San Marcos with another moment. Striking farmworkers from the lower Rio Grande Valley marched through town, and I joined them as they made their way to the state Capitol for a Labor Day rally. It was my introduction to Austin. Later I transferred to the University of Texas, where I participated in the hectic movement of the late ’60s. The anti-Vietnam War movement, the civil rights movement, and the emerging Chicano movement intersected on campus. Social change was all around. Those were frenzied, creative years. Some 30 years later, I have finally written my interpretation of that periodand finished answering the questions I grew up asking about segregation. El San Antonio native David Montejano is professor of ethnic studies at the University of California. Berkeley. He is the author ofAnglos and Mexicans in the Making Of Texas. 1936-1986, and editor of Chicano Politics and Society in the Late Twentieth Century. Who’s more fun to satirize than a wealthy, self-righteous, gun-toting, wacky Texan? REVIEW The Good Texan by Clay Smith HERE SHOULD BE EVERY “DAMNDEST” reason, as the wealthy, outsized Texan in Jonathan Franzen’s new novel Freedom might say, to take Franzen to task for giving readers one more example of something the world could use less of: an obnoxious Texan. An oil-and-gas man who’s pocketed at least $100 million, Vin Haven is a “short, gruff, bullet-headed man” who hires Walter Berglund, the kind but hapless protagonist of this addictive, beautifully precise novel, to do a little dirty work. Vin wants Walter to initiate a robust round of mountaintop removal in West Virginia. That will allow Haven, in a tit-for-tat deal he’s made with some coal-company cronies, to insulate the habitat of his beloved cerulean warbler, a bird not yet endangered, but one Haven is determined to protect. “My thinking is, it’s my hundred million, I can spend it whatever way I like,” Haven barks at Walter when pressed about saving a bird. Freedom takes place post-9/11. When Franzen writes that “Walter had been unfamiliar with the The Charles Bowden Reader EDITED BY ERIN ALMERANTI AND MARY MARTHA MILES FOREWORD BY JIM HARRISON “I will make bold to say that Bowden is America’s most admiring writer. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, you learn you haven’t in the most pungent manner possible…. The Charles Bowden Reader is a ride in a Ferrari without brakes. There’s lots of oxygen but no safe way to stop…. Read him at your own risk?’ -JIM HARRISON, frOM theibreword With excerpts from his major books, as well as prominent magazine articles and early journalism, this anthology gathers the best and most representative writing from Charles Bowden’s entire career. $24.95 paperback $40.00 hardcover EXTRAORDINARY YEAR of ORDINARY DAYS Su can Wittig Albert An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days Amplified with reading lists and quotations from a wide diversity of writers, best-selling mystery author Susan Wittig Albert’s thoughtful and thought-provoking journal of the tumultuous year 2008 is a must-read for everyone fascinated by the writing life and the writer’s role in society. SOUTHWESTERN WRITERS COLLECTION SERIES The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos Steven L. Davis, Editor $24.95 hardcover UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS Read more about these books online. 800.252.3206